Protesters and congregations clashed on Sunday after a California church held indoor services despite the judge’s interim ban, according to a report.
Rob McCoy, pastor at Ventura County’s Godspeak Calvary Chapel hosted Sunday morning service on the order of a judge to assist local and state health agencies to stop the spread of COVID-19. .
McCoy’s decision to join other pastors in the state to challenge the coronavirus missions they deem unfairly targeted places of worship. His decision to hold office attracted supporters and detractors.
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Shana Radashaw told Fox 11 Los Angeles: “There’s a lot of room to have great outdoor services and he chooses to break the rules. And I think that’s not true.” “I think God wants everyone to be alive and healthy and not spread disease when we’re not needed.”
Others say going to church is their right to freedom of speech and worship, and there’s no substitute for their feeling of going to church in person, according to the station.
Ginny Murry said: “We are seeing a loss of all rights except church rights, this is the foundation of this country and we are very serious about it. So we will have to go to jail for that. “.
“Community with your church really means being able to come together and feel that power and I believe there is an agenda where the people are trying to divide us,” said Sandra Efraimson added.
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Live broadcasts of morning services showed unmasked McCoy standing in front of what he called “a room full of people” – with most of the videos filmed without a mask.
“I am seeing a room full of people who realize that freedom is not a human idea, but a divine idea,” McCoy said. “And you will be ridiculed and you will be despised, but you are doing it for the people who mock you and mean you.”
McCoy told FOX 11 the reason he doesn’t host outside services is an employee who is allergic to the sun and doesn’t have a park large enough nearby to accommodate all of their members.
The pastor on Friday vowed to continue serving despite Judge Matthew Guasco of the Ventura County Superior Court issuing a temporary restraining order, citing: “an immediate threat to health and community safety due to new coronavirus 2019 ”.
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“On a scale of one to 10 out of immediate irreversible damage, this is a 10,” Guasco said in a hearing. “It has no immediate effect or is more irreversible than the threat that so many people will spread a contagious and deadly disease.”
Associated Press contributed to this report